When you ask someone from ‘away’ what they think about Canada, you’ll get some surprising answers. This is especially true of our southern neighbours who really should know better. But that’s OK, it’s actually kind of funny. Here are 20 common misconceptions about our home and native land.
Mounties always wear red serge and ride horses
‘Eh?’ is an exclusively Canadian colloquialism
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Canada is a land of snow and ice
Milk comes only in bags
Canada is a socialist country
Canada doesn’t have guns
This one is way off. Canada has lots of guns. According to the 2014 Small Arms Survey, Canada ranks 13th in the world with 30.8 guns per 100 residents. The United States is #1 with 90 guns per 100 residents.
Toronto is the capital of Canada
Everyone speaks French
It would be nice if we did, but no. According to Statistics Canada, 67.1% of Canadians speak English and just 21.5% speak French.
There’s wildlife everywhere
You may find wildlife, though, it some of most beautiful places in Canada to see.
We all play hockey
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It's nice that everyone around the world thinks we're a polite nation, but they've obviously never ridden a bus or driven in Canadian rush hour traffic.
Healthcare is free
We don't get a bill, but we pay a lot in taxes. Not everything is covered, either. Still, it's something <a href="https://www.slice.ca/money/photos/things-canadians-pay-less-for/" rel="no-opener" target="_blank"Canadians pay less for than the US system.
Canada is big
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The Queen runs the country
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We say ‘oot’ and ‘aboot’
We've got some pretty unique regional accents, but we really don't say 'oot' or 'aboot' unless we're mocking ourselves. We do, however, go out in boots.
We hate America
Officially, yes. But many of us still weigh ourselves in pounds and measure our height in feet and inches. It's also quite normal to use pounds at the deli.
It never gets hot
Some of the most beautiful Canadian cities to live in get super hot depending on the season.
There are no famous Canadians
Our money smells like maple syrup
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